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[Articles & News] In unpublished paper, former White House climate adviser calls methane ‘irrelevant’ to climate.

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Oil and gas processing, as at this refinery in Russia, are copious sources of methane.SergeyVButorin/iStockPhoto
▼ A climate skeptic with ties to the White House is back—this time as the co-author of a new paper that could help the Trump administration roll back climate rules.
William Happer, an emeritus Princeton University physics professor, previously worked within the White House to conduct a hostile review of climate science. While that effort didn't go far, Happer at the same time worked on research into methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Happer and his co-author, William van Wijngaarden, worked "quickly" to put together research that claims that fears of methane emissions as a driver of climate change are overwrought, said van Wijngaarden, a physicist at York University in Canada.
A summary of their paper, which has not been published in a mainstream science journal, was submitted to EPA during the public comment period on a plan to roll back regulations for methane leaked during the production, processing, transmission and storage of oil and natural gas.
"As far as from a global effect on climate, [methane] is immeasurably small," van Wijngaarden told E&E News. So "some of these people have said, you know, that could you please just write something up that we can use as ammunition," he said.
He added: "There has been just huge exaggeration and hysteria generated by this climate community."
A summary of Happer's latest research was released by the CO2 Coalition, the group he founded and on whose board he now serves, which claims that the world needs more (▪ ▪ ▪)

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